Pete Stark speaks during a news conference to call for an end to the Afghanistan War, March 9, 2011. Photo: Bill Clark/Roll Call

Former Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) has died, his family confirmed in a statement Saturday. He was 88.

Why it matters: Per AP, during his 40-year congressional career, Stark, who died Friday, helped draft the Affordable Care Act. He played a major role in the 1986 Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, or COBRA, which "allows people to stay on their employers’ insurance after leaving a job," the Washington Post notes.

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Coronavirus surge is sinking consumer confidence

Data: Hamilton Place Strategies, CivicScience; Chart: Axios Visuals

The rise in coronavirus cases in certain parts of the U.S. is stunting confidence across the country, a crop of new reports show.

Driving the news: After stalling during the previous two-week period, overall economic sentiment declined for the first time in two months, according to the Economic Sentiment Index, a biweekly survey from data firm CivicScience and Hamilton Place Strategies (HPS).

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Politics: Obama: Trump is "jealous of COVID's media coverage."
  2. Health: Mask mandates help control the rise in coronavirus hospitalizations. Hospitals face a crush.
  3. Business: Coronavirus testing is a windfall. Winter threat spurs new surge of startup activity.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. World: Putin mandates face masks.

The GOP's monstrous math problem

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Republicans, win or lose next week, face a big — and growing — math problem.

The state of play: They're relying almost exclusively on a shrinking demographic (white men), living in shrinking areas (small, rural towns), creating a reliance on people with shrinking incomes (white workers without college degrees) to survive.